build·​ing | \ ˈbil-diŋ How to pronounce building (audio) \

Definition of building

1 : a usually roofed and walled structure built for permanent use (as for a dwelling)
2 : the art or business of assembling materials into a structure

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Examples of building in a Sentence

My office is in that small brick building. We bought the land for building.
Recent Examples on the Web Ghanaian-British architect David Adjaye, who previously designed the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History, plans to incorporate Benin City’s surviving walls, moats and gates into the new building. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "A New Museum of West African Art Will Incorporate the Ruins of Benin City," 17 Nov. 2020 In Toronto, the exhibition was able to open during the COVID-19 pandemic by at first making a drive-in experience into the building and then also mounting the show separately for visitors on foot in a different room. Steve Johnson,, "‘Immersive Van Gogh’ experience coming to new North Side venue," 16 Nov. 2020 Under the meticulous direction of Chief Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson), every staff member was forced to abandon their usual duties to respond to the mass of patients being wheeled into the building on the hour. Ineye Komonibo,, "Absolutely No One Saw That Derek Shepherd Grey’s Anatomy Moment Coming," 13 Nov. 2020 An online fundraiser for the restaurant said one of the owners ran into the building to help two others out. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Kotzebue man remains missing nearly a week after restaurant fire," 12 Nov. 2020 Turner told Fox59 that firing bullets into this building was reckless and dangerous. Vic Ryckaert, The Indianapolis Star, "Girl, 6, critically injured in northwest-side shooting," 6 Nov. 2020 As people trickled into the building at 6:30 a.m., the start of Election Day had been signaled. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "Election Day 2020: Voters lined up early at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, polling locations across the region," 3 Nov. 2020 Legislative staff and reporters will still be allowed into the building, KTOO Public Media reports. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Curbside voting, labor at the polls, mask billboards: News from around our 50 states," 2 Nov. 2020 When Trzepacz took Gunner back to get his sutures removed, Gunner, who is a little skittish and sensitive by nature, was afraid and did not want to go into the building. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, "Glendale animal surgery practice aims to treat pets more like people," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of building

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of building was in the 13th century

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20 Nov 2020

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“Building.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of building

: a structure (such as a house, hospital, school, etc.) with a roof and walls that is used as a place for people to live, work, do activities, store things, etc.
: the act or process of making structures by putting together materials


build·​ing | \ ˈbil-diŋ How to pronounce building (audio) \

Kids Definition of building

1 : a permanent structure built as a dwelling, shelter, or place for human activities or for storage an office building
2 : the art, work, or business of assembling materials into a structure

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